Motel 6 Stops Sending Customer Lists to ICE

The company’s announcement came after the Phoenix New Times reported that at least two Arizona Motel 6 locations were sending guest lists to ICE agents every morning, prompting ICE sting operations at the businesses. At least 20 undocumented immigrants have been arrested under this practice.

Motel 6 announced it will stop sending customer lists to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after its corporate office was made aware of the practice at some locations, The Hill reports. The company’s announcement came just hours after the Phoenix New Times reported that at least two Arizona Motel 6 locations were sending guest lists to ICE agents every morning, prompting ICE sting operations at the businesses. At least 20 undocumented immigrants have been arrested under this practice, the New Times reported. This was implemented at the local level without the knowledge of senior management,” Motel 6 said in a statement. “When we became aware of it last week, it was discontinued.”

The New Times reported that ICE agents performed “knock and talks” at the locations after receiving the guest lists, which means officers show up at the hotel without a warrant and knock on doors asking permission to enter. If they are refused, they come back with a warrant. “We send a report every morning to ICE — all the names of everybody that comes in,” one front-desk clerk told the New Times. “Every morning at about 5 o’clock, we do the audit and we push a button and it sends it to ICE.” A Phoenix-area immigration attorney reported that some of her clients “have heard (no telling how valid the info is) that ICE is paying $200 per person for the front-desk clerk to report.” ICE refused to confirm the reports or how the agency gathers tips for its investigations

from https://thecrimereport.org